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3 Areas Where Your Law Firm Needs to Innovate…or Die

B2B attorneys continue to face declines in spending by corporate legal departments, and B2C attorneys struggle every day with increased competition and pricing pressure. Law firms are facing increased demands for a bigger focus on efficiency, cost management and trying to do more with less. It really is a call to action…

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Maximizing Potential is a Personal Responsibility

The process of change is a personal responsibility. You have tremendous potential and yet studies show that less than 20% of all employees actually realize their maximum potential. This in spite of the fact that the majority of employees are willing to work as hard as it takes to be…

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12 Big Trends Facing the Legal Media, PR and the Business of Law

March 21, 2016   Last Thursday I spoke on a panel in San Francisco with Jenna Greene, editor of the AmLaw Litigation Daily, and David Houston, editor of the Daily Journal — who is also my former boss. The event, titled “What’s Now & What’s Next for the Legal Press,” touched…

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Is Your Network Unconsciously Biased?

by Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, Judy Thomson, Darcy Rezac   Most of us like to think we are objective in our decision making. However, research shows we are all affected by unconscious bias—preferences shaped by our background, experiences, and cultural norms. Without us even knowing it, we take mental shortcuts when we make…

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7 Qualities of People with High Emotional Intelligence

EI determines how well you do at work. Do you have the traits that define it? Rhett Power “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then…

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Mining Time by 10ths: How to Increase Productivity and Bill More Time

Mining Time by 10ths: How to Increase Productivity and Bill More Time By Paul Burton No matter how many hours you work, it’s the ones that are billed to clients that serve as the productivity measure in law firms. In addition to the attendant financial rewards, more billed time generally…

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How must overtime be measured?

The fundamental task in payroll is to pay employees accurately. So how much is the following Canadian employee entitled to be paid as overtime? Linda’s work is subject to overtime after she works 8 hours on a daily basis. Linda worked 8 hours, 9 minutes and 25 seconds. How much…

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Collaboration

Everyone has a preference or comfort zone when it comes to working as part of a team. Some people desire and thrive in collaborative settings, while others dread collective decision making and would prefer to work alone. However you feel about working as part of a team, the reality is that…

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Support Staff Compensation and Lawyer Hourly Rate Surveys

The survey provides your firm with comprehensive, up-to-date compensation information that includes: Formal salary ranges Short-term incentive bonuses Company and incumbent weighted statistics Assessment of quality of match Results released electronically to allow custom analysis A project of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch in partnership with the British Columbia…

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Web Based Client Portals - a benefit to lawyers and clients

 This is a three-part series that attorney Nicole Black, Director at MyCase, will be discussing online client portals and how they can benefit both lawyers and their clients. First up, an introduction to and overview of web-based client portals.  PART I Web-Based Client Portals: An Introduction By Niki Black | Aug.18.14 | Law…

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